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Aug 3, 2020


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Las Cruces Museum Collections Available Online

Aug 2, 2020

The Las Cruces Museum System (LCMS) has over 10,000 objects in the Permanent Collections including fine art, natural history specimens, local and regional historical objects and archives, and railroad-related objects. Every object in the collections is tracked using a database system. This information is now available to the public online through our collections database portal, linked on our website.This online portal allows the collections to be used as a resource by researchers, enthusiasts, and the curious both in Las Cruces and across the world.

"Grand Candela," the memorial near the El Paso Walmart where the August 3, 2019 mass shooting took place.

El Paso is marking the anniversary of a shooting at a crowded Walmart by remembering the 23 people killed. Authorities have said the gunman traveled from his home near Dallas to target Latinos in the Texas border city on Aug. 3, 2019.

Events to mark the anniversary of the shooting in the largely Hispanic city have taken on a new look amid the global pandemic: parks lit with lanterns that people can walk or drive through; private tours for victims’ families at a museum exhibit of items preserved from a makeshift memorial; and residents being asked to show support with online posts.

Abel Alexander Castro Juarez

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — U.S. Border Patrol officials say a man being sought on a Virginia homicide warrant has been arrested in New Mexico. Border Patrol agents working at the Interstate 25 checkpoint north of Las Cruces apprehended 20-year-old Abel Alexander Castro Juarez on Friday night. Authorities say a commercial bus traveling north arrived at the checkpoint and agents performing an immigration inspection of all passengers located a man attempting to hide in the restroom. Agents discovered Juarez had an active homicide warrant issued July 24 from the Fairfax County police and he was turned over to the New Mexico State Police. 

Updated New Mexico COVID-19 cases: Now at 21,016

Aug 2, 2020

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Sunday announced 226 additional COVID-19 cases and 3 deaths.

As of today, there are 127 individuals hospitalized in New Mexico for COVID-19. This number may include individuals who tested positive for COVID-19 out of state but are currently hospitalized in New Mexico. This number does not include New Mexicans who tested positive for COVID-19 and may have been transferred to a hospital out of state.

Keep Your Las Cruces Waste Bill the Same: Reduce Your Bin Size

Aug 2, 2020

The $2-dollar Solid Waste increase goes into effect September 1st and Las Cruces Utilities (LCU) has an option to keep your bill the same while supporting reduction of waste. Every dollar counts and we all need good options to make the right financial decisions for our households.

If you notice that you do not fill up your traditional 96-gallon container every week, consider switching to a 64-gallon container and keep the same rate of $13.25 per month.

  WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's apocalyptic views of voting by mail are baseless, according to research into election fraud and the record. Despite that, he's now floated the idea of delaying the election until it can be held “properly.”

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) — Lawmakers on the Navajo Nation have approved a massive spending bill to respond to the coronavirus pandemic. The legislation includes money for water projects, power lines, broadband and casino employees who no longer are receiving paychecks. The Navajo Nation Council passed the more than $650 million measure late Friday after discussing it for more than 28 hours in a special session over three days. The money comes from the Navajo Nation's share of $8 billion in federal coronavirus relief funding that was set aside for tribes. Navajo President Jonathan Nez has 10 days to act on the bill once it reaches him.

Updated New Mexico COVID-19 cases: Now at 20,796

Aug 1, 2020

  SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Saturday announced 210 additional COVID-19 cases and 9 deaths.

As of today, there are 134 individuals hospitalized in New Mexico for COVID-19. This number may include individuals who tested positive for COVID-19 out of state but are currently hospitalized in New Mexico. This number does not include New Mexicans who tested positive for COVID-19 and may have been transferred to a hospital out of state.

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RIO RANCHO, N.M. (AP) — The leader of Cowboys for Trump says the reelection campaign for President Donald Trump is distancing itself from the group after the leader posted a video saying some Black athletes should “go back to Africa.”

Cowboys for Trump founder Couy Griffin told The Associated Press on Friday that the Trump campaign contacted him and said it would distance itself from the group's activities. Griffin faced criticism this week after he posted the Facebook live “go back to Africa” video.

Updated New Mexico COVID-19 cases: Now at 20,600

Jul 31, 2020

  SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Friday announced 216 additional COVID-19 cases and 7 deaths.

As of today, there are 152 individuals hospitalized in New Mexico for COVID-19. This number may include individuals who tested positive for COVID-19 out of state but are currently hospitalized in New Mexico. This number does not include New Mexicans who tested positive for COVID-19 and may have been transferred to a hospital out of state.

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Tribes have another month to apply for a band of wireless spectrum to establish or expand internet on their lands.

The Federal Communications Commission had opened a priority filing window for tribes to access a mid-band spectrum that largely is unassigned across the western United States.

The commission on Friday extended the deadline to Sept. 2. Tribes had sought more time because of the coronavirus pandemic. They said tribes have struggled to gather the information needed to apply for the licenses once reserved for educational institutions.

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LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A former sheriff's deputy in southern New Mexico has been arrested on accusations of tampering with evidence after detectives say a cleaning crew found boxes of guns and case files at his foreclosed home.

The Las Cruces Sun-News reports former Doña Ana County sheriff's deputy Vincent Lopez was taken into custody Thursday following an investigation that began in May.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The administration of New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham is defending its decision to ban indoor restaurant service as a reasonable precaution against the coronavirus.

A challenge of the indoor dining prohibition by the restaurant industry reached the hands of the state Supreme Court on Friday after a flurry of written briefings were filed by the governor’s office.

Dr. Raquel Garzon, RDN, discusses nutrition, exercise, and SLEEP during the Wellness Confidential on Voice of the Public. You can vote for her to win a grant to help teach gut health in Dona Ana and Otero Counties by clicking this link: https://bit.ly/2UpATJY by August 3rd.

NMSU awarded grant to help New Mexicans complete FAFSA applications

Jul 31, 2020
Darren Phillips, NMSU

New Mexico State University has received a grant from the New Mexico Higher Education Department’s Free Application for Federal Student Aid Initiative to increase FAFSA application completion rates in the state.

The $45,250, 12-month grant is a collaboration between NMSU’s Student Engagement, University Financial Aid and Scholarship Services and University Admissions and New Student Orientation units.

In 2019, about 50 percent of New Mexico high school graduates completed the FAFSA, and 65 percent of NMSU students completed the application in the 2018-2019 academic year.

Santa Fe – Today the Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department’s (EMNRD) State Parks Division announces that overnight use and campgrounds will remain closed through August 28th. Visitors with overnight camping reservations through August 28th will be issued a refund. Group shelters remain closed and all events are canceled.

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El Paso Matters

Jul 31, 2020
El Paso Matters CEO Robert Moore

As the city of El Paso approaches the anniversary of the mass shooting that took almost 2 dozen lives, the death toll from COVID 19 continues to climb. El Paso Matters CEO Bob Moore talked with KC Counts.

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Activists in Albuquerque say they are preparing to greet federal agents coming to New Mexico’s largest city with civil disobedience and peaceful protests.

Members of a coalition organized by the Albuquerque Center for Peace and Justice vowed Thursday to resist any Portland-style “occupation” of the city and any efforts to increase aggressive policing.

New Mexico renews emergency public health order

Jul 30, 2020
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  SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and state health officials on Thursday announced the state of New Mexico will extend its emergency public health order and keep intact existing public health restrictions and guidelines while the state continues to combat the spread of COVID-19. 

The emergency public health order retains the state’s public health prohibition on mass gatherings and keeps in place temporary indoor occupancy restrictions for certain businesses, particularly indoor “close-contact” businesses such as restaurants and gyms. 

Also unchanged is the statewide requirement that all individuals wear face coverings in public and that business operators require customers to wear face coverings upon entrance.

State renews emergency public health order

Jul 30, 2020

SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and state health officials on Thursday announced the state of New Mexico will extend its emergency public health order and keep intact existing public health restrictions and guidelines while the state continues to combat the spread of COVID-19. 

The emergency public health order retains the state’s public health prohibition on mass gatherings and keeps in place temporary indoor occupancy restrictions for certain businesses, particularly indoor “close-contact” businesses such as restaurants and gyms. 

Mark Ronchetti / Courtesy photo

RIO RANCHO, N.M. (AP) — A GOP U.S. senatorial candidate in New Mexico is joining top Republicans in Congress in rebuffing President Donald Trump’s suggestions the 2020 elections be delayed.

Mark Ronchetti’s campaign manager Jeff Glassburner said Thursday the Albuquerque Republican does not support moving the election from November 3rd. Trump suggested the delay as he pushed unsubstantiated allegations that increased mail-in voting due to the coronavirus pandemic would result in fraud.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico labor authorities are approving unemployment benefits automatically for people who don’t return to work because of their advanced age or for a variety of serious medical conditions that make them more vulnerable to the coronavirus.

Workforce Solutions Department Secretary Bill McCamley on Thursday said people 65 and older and other “high-risk workers” should consider not returning to work immediately because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Las Cruces Names Interim Police Chief

Jul 30, 2020

The City of Las Cruces has named Miguel Dominguez as Interim Chief of Police following the retirement of Patrick Gallagher, whose final day on the job is Aug. 1.
 
Dominguez will begin his new assignment on Aug. 2.
 
Miguel Dominguez has resided in Las Cruces since 1985. He graduated in 2003 from LCPD’s 34th Academy and ascended through the ranks to Deputy Chief in 2016. Dominguez served as Deputy Chief of Field Operations from 2016 to 2018. In September 2018, he was named Deputy Chief of Administrative Support Services, a position he has held since.

RIO RANCHO, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico Hispanic activist who demanded the state’s largest university remove some Ethnic Studies classes is no longer a leader in the nation’s oldest Latino civil rights group.

The League of United Latin American Citizens New Mexico Director Fred Baca told The Associated Press that Ralph Arellanes was informed this week he won't be returning as the group's state executive director.

Tai Chan

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A judge has dismissed a voluntary manslaughter charge against a former Santa Fe County sheriff’s deputy accused in the 2014 shooting death of a fellow deputy.

Tai Chan had previously been tried twice on a first-degree murder charge in the death of Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Deputy Jeremy Martin. Both trials ended in mistrials.  

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